I'm new to this forum and while my questions, at least in parts very possibly has been covered somewhere here, I still hope to get input on my specific scenario:
We are a small design studio with two work stations (Mac Pro 8-core and 4-core) connected to a G5 server, via two 100 Gbit switches. Our data is backed up using time machine using external drives.
We are rendering a lo directly to the server, often with large output files. We also allow freelancers access to our server and will scale up to 5+ people in total over the next year.
I am thinking of swapping our G5 server for a Synology NAS, for three reasons:
• Hard drive scalability I.e number of HD slots available (only one extra drive allowed in the G5)
• Read speed. I understand from other threads that this 1.5mbs on a G5 and worry this is a bottle neck while rendering.
• fragile backup system
I'm very worried about the fragility of our current backup system. This consists of a couble of external discs backing up using time machine. These are placed in near proximity to the server (cable length) and while I could locate them somewhere else in in the building in case of brake in, it still will not help in case of a fire destroying the entire building.
After having researched different cloud options I do not feel this this is the way forward: we need 1-2tb backup space which cost wise does not compare well to a NAS and a couple of drives.
Would it be feasible to run offsite backup as two synced NAS servers? One in the studio and one at home syncing over the Internet say 5 times per 24 hours?? Backup would be 200-500mb a day.
I do not have the time and more importantly the skills to maintain and work with a server and are hoping the NAS might be an even leaner fileserver solution for us I.e automatic server updates and acces over VPN as a mere password login ( we LOVE Dropbox)
Thank you in advance for your time!!!